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BOOK REVIEW: Thirst by Benjamin Warner

Thirst is an intense, stark thriller set in rural America which imagines a world without water, depicting a staggeringly convincing breakdown of society and order. Whilst the author Benjamin Warner is certainly to be praised for his prose style, which remains crisp and poetic throughout, Thirst does not quite successfully land the emotional ending it

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BOOKS: Best Reads of 2016 – List by Joseph Surtees

  Necropolis: London and its Dead by Catherine Arnold An engrossing journey through the evolution of the capital’s burial customs and the history of its cemeteries. Just be glad you’ll never have to visit a 17th century London graveyard. The Tottenham Outrage by M.H.Baylis A funny and exciting murder mystery set in London’s most unloved

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BOOKS: Best Reads of 2016 – List by Joseph Sale

The Complete Double Dead by CHUCK WENDIG  The concept for Double Dead is genius: in a zombie apocalypse, a lone vampire must protect the last humans so that his food supply doesn’t dry up. In this dead vs dead masterpiece we are treated to madness after madness: zombie-worshipping cults, two-ton cannibal goddesses and a city

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BOOKS: Best Reads of 2016 – List by Daniel Soule

Can you hear it? The Yule log burning in the hearth, hopefully warming kin and not a lonely heart. Soon spring will insert its chirps into our story, but for now winter holds court. So, pull up a chair, pour yourself a toddy, and light the shag in your pipe. It’s the end of a

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rats by James Herbert

It’s London and the early 1970s. The city still bares the marks of the Blitz, peppered with rubble strewn bomb sites, and the flowery hope of the swinging sixties seems to have withered, poisoned by Britain’s industrial, economic and political decline. This is the backdrop to The Rats, James Herbert’s 1974 horror classic. In many

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BOOK REVIEW: Grief Is The Thing With Feathers by Max Porter

On occasion you come across a book that is so mesmeric, so delicate, intricate and beautiful that awe is the only appropriate response. Grief is the thing with feathers by (shockingly) debut author Max Porter is just such a book. Describing the novel is difficult. For a start, the term novel fails to adequately describe

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BOOK REVIEW: Chasing Embers by James Bennett

Chasing Embers is a novel about a shape-shifting dragon with an identity crisis, torn between a normal human existence and the mythological roots from which he originates; in many ways, the narrative of Chasing Embers reflects this turmoil, unsure of what it is, at times resembling a naïve procedural YA title and at other times

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BOOK REVIEW: Hostages by Oisin Fagan

New Island Books have been busy releasing the anthologies ‘The Glass Shore’ and ‘The Long Gaze Back’ and in their wake is an undiscovered gem of a book and we here at STORGY are extremely excited that we found the wonderful anthology that is ‘Hostages’ by the rather unknown Oisin Fagan  (but not for very

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BOOK REVIEW: Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore

A woman living in a lifeless, depressing seaside town wakes one night to find a blank piece of paper has been slipped beneath the door to her room. The woman, Susan, lives above the pub where she works. Hers is an unsatisfactory, depressing existence that, we soon learn, is the creation of another woman, Bonnie

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BOOK REVIEW: Sweet Home by Carys Bray

This collection of short stories by Carys Bray is one of the best anthologies by an English author for a long while. I found this so entertaining as I am a parent of two beautiful girls that are around the same age as some of the children in these stories. Whilst also seeing myselfand my

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